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The Journal of John Long
About the Early Days
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1893 - 1965
1966 to Present

Letterhead used by workers titled Christian Conventions

Perry, Oklahoma Conv, 1942

Preserving the Truth
The Church without a Name and its Founder, William Irvine

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By Cherie Kropp

Published by Telling The Truth

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"There is a principle which is a bar against all information;
which is proof against all arguments;
and which cannot fail to keep people in everlasting ignorance.
That principle is Condemnation before Investigation."


Revised November 4, 2017

All books have some kind of story behind them and this book is no exception. My story started in 1989 when an envelope arrived in the mail from Threshing Floor Ministries of Spokane, Washington, U.S., offering copies from an old Irish newspaper called the Impartial Reporter & Farmer’s Journal, the local newspaper for Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. I placed an order.

Soon after, copies of 100 newspaper articles arrived. They contained familiar names of early Workers with whom I was familiar, such as George Walker, Jack and Bill Carroll. They told about large Church conventions held in Ireland around the turn of the 20th century. They also mentioned a Scotsman, named William Irvine, who started this Church around the turn of the 20th century. Click here to read articles on TTT.  

The articles concerned a particular Church that claimed to take no name for its belief system, but was referred to by many nicknames, the most common being "The Truth," "The Way," and "Two by Twos (2x2s)." Some other designations were: The Friends and Workers Fellowship, Cooneyites, Irvinites, Reidites, Black Stockings, Tramp Preachers, Go-Preachers, Dippers and more. The ministers were referred to as "Workers" or "Servants" and the laity as "Friends" or "Saints."

I recognized the articles were about MY Church. I was born and raised, third generation, in it by parents who were members of the Church without a Name. Both sets of my grandparents first met the Workers in the 1930s and were converted in their Meetings when my parents were children. The annual state Convention for Mississippi was held on my parents' property in Jackson, where I was raised. I was born and raised in this Church; immersed in it from birth, as were both of my husbands. This discovery turned my world upside down, and through the years the discovery has done the same for many other followers of this Church.

How could it be that none of my family or Church Friends had ever heard of this man who originated our Church? How had we not known of Wm. Irvine's existence and role as creator and founder?  Why had we not questioned when and how our Church had originated? In the history of mankind, it has always been natural to question where something or someone came from; natural to try to establish the reference points of cause, source and origin in our minds.

The reason we had not questioned was because we were taught and believed a falsehood; that the Two by Two Church had no earthly founder, and that it had started with Jesus sending out his 12 apostles to preach, two and two, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. We were also taught and believed that our ministers had continued in a direct line from the first century apostles to the current ministers of this Church. I discovered this was not true.

I discovered the reason we had never heard of William Irvine was because an attempt was made to erase his name from the history of the Church he founded. Beginning around 1914, his name became anathema and was purged and banned from use by those who knew him or of him at the request of Workers in authority at that time. Questions regarding the origin of the Church were usually discouraged; details were omitted, hidden and other information substituted. For this reason the author and some others have dedicated themselves to the task of researching, accounting for and publishing the missing historical details about the origin of this particular Church.

Until 1982, a gap in the history of this Church existed when the first book was published that told about the life and ministry of Wm. Irvine and his role in the Church without a Name. That book was The Secret Sect by Doug and Helen Parker from Australia. After I read Parkers' book, I decided to prove or disprove for myself if William Irvine had actually started my Church. I began to question in earnest. For over 25 years I investigated and collected evidence, and I proved that the Parkers were absolutely correct. In fact, I discovered much more evidence than Parkers did, and my research resulted in this book.

I am devoted to the pursuit of TRUTH and its preservation. Truth is a very precious commodity to me. I believe we must align our lives with Truth and realign our thinking with new truths, evidence and corrections, or we will live in willful ignorance.  I oppose deception and take a vigorous stand against falsehoods. I agree with Henri F. Amiel who said: "Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence." 

My mission for this book is (1) to make the historical facts about this Church easily accessible and common knowledge; and (2) to leave on record a reliable account of the origins of the Church without a Name and its Founder, along with verifiable documentation. I believe everyone ever connected in any way to this Church has a right to this information. I write in a simple style in order that adolescents may understand. For clarity in understanding, I have taken the liberty of capitalizing 2x2 terms or jargon, even when they were not capitalized in the original statements.

This Two by Two Sect believes in the Bible, which is a historical record of both good and bad, meritorious and unsavory. The past is what it is and its consequences flow on to us, even though we may not be aware of it. I am a dedicated historian of this Sect which purposely does not record its history and prefers that it not be documented. It is my goal to preserve the facts and truth about the beginning of the Church without a Name, its ministry and Founder which have been hidden and covered up for over a century. Although the 2x2 Sect has tried, it cannot escape or bury its history. Understanding the linkage between past and present is essential for a good understanding of the present.

I strongly encourage individual examination and questions. I hope this book will give the reader insight into how, when, where and who started the Church without a Name, as well as other key components and characteristics of the progress of the ministry and Church. This book is not an investigation into the doctrine and beliefs of this Church.

I have enjoyed this project immensely and it has been very fulfilling. I’m very indebted to countless sources all over the world who have helped me along the way. I have a hard copy of the documents, newspaper articles, references, etc. used in this book. Any exceptions are noted. (See Acknowledgments below.) 

Written for the Love and Preservation of Truth,

Cherie Kropp

"Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?" (Galatians 4:16)
"I bear witness to the truth"
"I shall conquer untruth with truth."
(Mahatma Gandhi)

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Whatever successes, victories or accomplishments we attain in life, we’re never the sole accomplisher of them. I am ever so much indebted to the many readers and helpers who supplied, supported and encouraged me over the 25 years I’ve collected and compiled information. This book would not be what it is without the ongoing assistance, suggestions and material they have generously provided me. I am thankful to countless sources all over the world for their help and contributions to the research and writing of this book which ranged from small to gigantic. (Names are in alphabetical order.)

My dear husband, Chester Ehrig, who has spent untold hours assisting me in this lengthy endeavor; his comments and encouragement have been invaluable. My brother Galen Berry, my language expert; my mother, Dot Berry, my proof reader and source of material about the Church in southern USA and black stockings; and my father, Raymond Berry, who was proud of my research.

Typists, Editors, Proofreaders and Photography (in alphabetical order): Ruth Cowin, Joel Ehrig, L. Fortt, T. Fortt, Joan (Fair) Gardner, April (Austin) Hamilton, L. Hanson, Connie Jacobsen, Roy Hedahl, Tracy Parman, Holly Pierce, Kris (Rauscher) Satterwhite, Tom Teegarden; and one extraordinarily fast typist who prefers remain anonymous.

Those who provided letters, notes, lists, photographs, research, financial support and various other assistance (in alphabetical order):

America: Paul Abenroth, Jeff & Lorraine Armstrong, Beverly Bafus, Dorothy Berry, G.R. Berry, Maria Bodey, Mark Burrell, Jeanie Dudley, Katherine (Kay) Curtis Arvig Downs, James Ferguson, Derrick Hahn, Carol (Staack) Hammond, Roy Hedahl, Sharon (Heisler) Edmundson, Lee Fryer, Randy Hohenfeldt, ilylo, Tim Jones, J. Frank Kelly, Martha Knight, Larry & Bonnie Lindemann, Stephen Magowan, D. Mansur, Marie (Gooding) Micheletti, Julie Olson, Kathleen Overby, Charles Storck, Michelle (Storck) Matthews, Mary Ann Schoeff, Tom Teegarden, Judy Temple, Jim Vail, John, Thelma & Alan VanDermyden, Edward K. Williams, Robert (Bob) Williston, and the Family of Cordia & Henry White and Marguerite Fern (White) Petersen of Scappoose, Oregon

Ross Bowden, Nola Davies, Joan (Fleming) Frost, David Mansur, Stan & Rose Perry, Geoff & Esther Schmidt, Merve Schmidt, Alan Stone, 2x2history website.

New Zealand: Ian Carlson, Russell Cooney, Lynn Cooper, Elizabeth Freebairn, Julian Sowerby

Fred & Verna Alder, Don Galloway, Sandi Gunther, Halena Halpin (granddaughter of Ed Cooney's sister Mary Elizabeth), Walter Holt, Bonnie & Iver Kleven, Alvin & Diane Kroeker, John Mitchell, Bruce Murdoch, Valerie (Stokes) Pike, Marge Reynolds

U.K. Scotland, Ireland & N. Ireland:  Alison (Pearson) Chambers, Mervyn Dane (Impartial Reporter Newspaper, Enniskillen), Louise (Napier) Dawson, Bobby Dukelow (retired FM Worker), Robert Kee, David Killicoat, the Kilsyth Chronicle, David and Daniel Magowan, Jim & Philomena Mallon, Ron Morris, Maeve Plower (Weirs of Baggot Street, Dublin, Ireland), Patricia (Melia) Reynolds, John & Joyce Swanton

Vietnam: Nguyen Huu Bau, Xuân Hoàn & Minh Thanh Nguyễn

Book Authors: Daurelle Chapman (Reflections), Elizabeth Coleman (Cult to Christ), Lynn Cooper (The Church with No Name), Kevin Daniel (Reinventing the Truth), Bob & Joan Daniel, (Reflected Truth), Kathy Lewis (The Church without a Name), Mr. & Mrs. John Long (John Long’s Journal), Gene and Grace Luxon (Has the Truth Set You Free), Seamas McCanny (Fermanagh Miscellany 2), Doug & Helen Parker (The Secret Sect), William Paul (They Go About 2x2), Patricia Roberts (The Life & Ministry of Edward Cooney, et al), Henry Robinson (Ballinamallard Historical Society).

William Irvine’s Letters:  Bruce Hartman, Barbara (Briza) James, Llewellyn (Lew) Fountain (Canada), Marie (Judd) Parsons, Princeton University, Nancy Sue Rodriguez, Margaret Turner.

Genealogy Information and Relatives of Wm. Irvine: Betty J. Iggo Ph.d, A.S.G.R.A. (Scotland Genealogist); David Clelland and Daniel Bruce (re Helen Irvine Clelland); David Forrester Mitchell and David Killicoat (re John Irvine); Liz Kwasnik and her mother Elizabeth Kwasnik, Lizbeth Freebairn and John Freebairn, (re Agnes Irvine Freebairn); Linda Stopforth (re James Irvine); Kate Sutcliff (re George Walker)

Faith Mission Assistance: John G. Eberstein, Bobby Dukelow, Colin N. Peckham, Keith H. Percival, Sandy Roger, John Townend, and Valerie Robertson, librarian.

My sincere apologies to any whose names I inadvertently left out. Those who gave valued assistance but prefer to remain anonymous, you are no less appreciated.

To all of you who contributed and praised my work; you helped make this book a reality. I could not have done it without all my generous sources who went out of their way to provide me with far more material than I would have ever found on my own.

I have gone to a great deal of effort to hold a high standard of accuracy in reporting details about the Church without a Name. I have a hard copy of each document, newspaper article, reference, etc. used in this book. The material relates to subject matter that (1) is published or circulated and which (2) relates to the Church, its history, Founder and/or congregation.

On rare occasions, a few comments without sources have been used, and they are prefaced by the words "allegedly" or "reportedly," etc., indicating that I have not been able to substantiate these comments, but believe them to be worthy of inclusion. When there has been conflicting information, both versions are given. I have made due diligence to corroborate evidence to the best of my ability, but I make no representations concerning the accuracy of the information presented in the references listed.  I regret that it’s impossible for a book of this size to be perfect. Any errors or omissions are unintentional.  I have attempted to present the facts chronologically without bias; however it is said that it is impossible for an author to be completely without bias.  For clarity, I have capitalized frequently used 2x2 language: Friends, Saints, Workers, Gospel, Special and Union Meetings, Conventions, Missions, Church and Sect, when referring to the 2x2 Church/Sect, Bible Study, Outcasts, Omega Followers, Head or Senior Worker, Overseer, Ministry and Ministers.

I am proud to be an American and I write using American English.  In this book, many quoted documents have been published outside of America and are quoted in British English.

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